Horsemanship is a journey, not a destination. As the beloved Ray Hunt used to say even after five decades of compelling coaching, “Every day I learn something new.” And so we strive to help you continue to grow your garden of knowledge with Buddy’s Tips.
Film yourself. Watch what you do in slow motion. Be honest, how good is your riding?
Always feel the feet. Know where the feet are and where they are go going. That will help with your balance and timing.
The Man In The Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest
For he’s with you, clear to the end
And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.
He's worked with God's horses across this great nation,
aware of their strong sense of self-preservation.
He knows nature's language, and often he'll mention,
before asking favors, first have their attention.
He uses kinesis with his animal friends
and speaks from the heart with each message he sends.
He'll always prepare a horse to position'
for ease of that smooth and most natural transition.
His feel and his timing are tools of the trade,
the balance is perfect, his dues have been paid.
He "sees" what he looks at, with up most of care,
for he's learned to observe, remember and compare.
With the right things made easy and the wrong things a chore,
he enters their minds, like the key to a door.
The smallest of changes are caught by his eyes,
and he'll always reward the slightest of tries.
Response with respect, whenever he's near
is what he'll encourage, without force of fear.
His attention will focus on pathways they ride
he'll direct and support him, and build on his pride.
His spirit speaks clearly, and his honesty's such
that true unity comes "from within" his soft touch.
Louis J. Schwiebert